3 bedroomed rural retreat, walks and cycles from the door
- english, french
About liz Balharry
I work locally as an ecologist and have worked in the past on educational projects for organisations like Scottish Natural Heritage. Although my family and I have lived here for 25 years, we have still much to learn about the this amazing place. Having the Glen Affric Nature Reserve on the doorstep, close access to the high tops and miles and miles of forestry tracks and trails for running on, biking and general exploring, are key reasons why we enjoy living here. We also love the peace and quiet and gentle pace of life in this very rural area.
liz Balharry purchased this House in 1980
Why liz Balharry chose Beauly
About twenty five years ago we came to Glen Affric to work. We loved it here and were offered a little cottage, the croft house, to rent. The owners kindly offered to sell us the house and although we had to move to Perth, we were allowed to holiday-let it in the summer to cover our purchase payments. Several years later we returned to the cottage to live permanently and to raise a family, as it is a perfect place for this. We built a timber framed, eco friendly addition onto the house, which took many years, as self-builds do, but gained many skills in the process and the kids enjoyed all the sawdust and mess. With children now adults, we have kept the Croft as a holiday let and enjoy renting out the Croft to people who want to get to know this beautiful area.
What makes this House unique
What i enjoy about living here is: the peace and quiet, no background noise of traffic, just bird song and the river; the clean air - all the trees and stones are thick with lichens. The space - you walk out the door and you can go for miles and miles in any direction, paths, forest tracks, quiet single track roads. There are rivers to picnic by, waterfalls, and lochs and pools to swim in. There are route guides at the house, to help you explore the area, by bike, car and on foot (by canoe and on horseback too - if you like!) and there are identification guides for plants and animals too. I love watching barn owls fly past the window on dusk, finding slow worms in the compost heap and hearing the stags roaring in the Autumn. The starry night skies are the icing on the cake!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Awesome place - go there
Lovely house, spacious, quirky, quiet in a beautiful location, we thoroughly enjoyed staying at Liz' place. Thank you for your hospitality!
Gorgeous location and a really lovely home..super clean, ultra comfy, warm and great showers! Loved the views..magical
Best Place In The World
We just love Tomich and there is no better place to stay than The Croft. We should know we’ve been going for 4 years. 😂
Another wonderful stay at The Croft
The property is very comfortable and maintained to a high standard. It has everything you need for a great Highland Holiday
Lovely house, great location.
We wanted a spacious house for six people far away from main roads & towns, up in the Scottish highlands and that is exactly what we got. Very quiet. Not far from Loch Affric National Nature reserve and 10 minutes walk from a pub!
Wonderful amazing suppers delightful
I,have . Been staying in holiday properties for at least 50,years the croft is the best yet,but you need to like and enjoy peace and quiet,like I do. also lots of beautiful places to visit.only met Liz.for about 15 mins.but made us feel at home immediately. So pleased that we found this holiday home.
Spectacularly beautiful area with ancient pinewoods, mountains, lochs, waterfalls, sheltered glens, and open expanses.
You are centrally placed to explore the east and west coast of Scotland, day trips just 1-2 hours to west coast beaches and east coast attractions. Inverness airport is 1 hours drive, car hire or use of car is recommended.
The nearest villages, Tomich (1/2 mile) Cannich (4 miles), nearest town Beauly (21 miles), nearest city Inverness (32 miles).
Fishing, pony trekking, craft courses, and mountain bike hire are available locally. Golf courses, art galleries, a wide range of places to eat out, and specialist stores are found in and around Beauly (22 miles) and Loch Ness (16 miles).